Last of undercover drug targets appear in court

2013-01-22T11:39:00Z 2013-01-22T17:50:16Z Last of undercover drug targets appear in courtBy Chris Dunker/Daily Sun news editor Beatrice Daily Sun
January 22, 2013 11:39 am  • 

The final suspects in an undercover investigation into low level drug dealers in Beatrice appeared in Gage County Court Tuesday morning.

In all, 10 people were arrested for distribution of methamphetamine and marijuana charges following an investigation from June-October by the Southeast Area Drug Enforcement task force, where an undercover officer conducted more than one dozen controlled purchases of marijuana and methamphetamine in Beatrice streets, playgrounds and homes.

Dale R. Johnson Jr., 31, was given a $500,000 bond after being arrested by the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Lincoln last Thursday. He was charged with two counts of aiding and abetting distribution of methamphetamine, a class II felony, distribution of Lorazepam, a class III felony, and one count of distribution of a counterfeit controlled substance, a class II felony.

Lyle Koenig has been appointed as his attorney by the court.

According to an arrest warrant, Johnson was with Steven Schutte, 20, on June 14, 2012 when Schutte allegedly told methamphetamine to an undercover officer with the Southeast Area Drug Enforcement task force in the 1300 block of Scott Street.

Johnson was also present when Schutte allegedly sold meth, three pills represented as Oxycotin which later tested positive as Lorazepam, and one buspirone hydrochloride pill represented as Percocet to the officer on Aug. 9, 2012 inside Johnson's home at 1318 Scott St.

Gage County Judge Steven Timm set Johnson's bond high, citing a number of cases Johnson currently has pending in Gage County District Court.

"I think it's time we let the system catch up with you," Timm told Johnson.

Law enforcement let Johnson go from district court last Wednesday where he was appearing on a second degree criminal trespassing and theft from a March 2012 arrest.

Johnson was also a target of a SEADE investigation in July 201 when he was arrested for aiding and abetting the distribution of an extremely hazardous controlled substance, Daily Sun records indicate. He is scheduled to appear again in court on Jan. 25 at 1:30 p.m.

Glen M. Walk, 20, was arrested in Columbus on Thursday before being transported to Beatrice where he was charged with distribution of marijuana, a class III felony, and distribution of methamphetamine, a class II felony.

Walk is currently being held in the Gage County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond. Darin Knepper was appointed as his attorney Tuesday.

According to a warrant for Walk's arrest, Walk allegedly sold .95 grams of marijuana to an undercover SEADE agent in the 100 block of North 16th Street on June 10, 2012, and .11 grams of methamphetamine on June 12.

Steven L. Schutte, 20, faces seven charges related to the distribution of a controlled substance, including six felonies. His bond was set at $75,000.

Brenda A. Haynes, 43, was originally arrested for aiding and abetting a class II felony and had a $7,500 bond set.

On Tuesday, the county attorney’s office filed an amended complaint – aiding and abetting the distribution of marijuana, a class III felony. Judge Timm lowered her bond to $5,000. Haynes will appear for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 11. Her attorney is Jerry Shelton.

Trevor Garton, 18, faces three counts of distribution of a controlled substance near a school as well as intent to deliver near a school, a class II felony. Garton's bond was set at $50,000.

Dylan M. Pohlman, 20, faces three counts of distribution of methamphetamine, a class II felony. His bond was set at $25,000.

Eric J. Lewien, 19, was charged with distribution of marijuana, a class III felony. Lewien's bond was set at $7,500.

Christina M. Burr, 19, was charged with possession of methamphetamine. She was released on a personal recognizance bond.

Zachary C. Hawkins, 16, was also arrested Thursday morning for distribution of methamphetamine. The county attorney's office has not officially charged him as an adult.

Joshua L. May, 23, was arrested for aiding and abetting a class II felony. His bond was set at $15,000.

Reach Chris Dunker at cdunker@beatricedailysun.com. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisDunkerDS.

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